Games & Activities: Being a child during World War 2

Click on this LINK for a game on the BBC Education website

about life for British children in World War 2

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Games and Activities – What was Ireland like in the time when St. Patrick came

Click HERE to learn what Ireland was like in the time St.Patrick came to Ireland.

Review by Seán: In this activity you click on the pictures at the bottom of the page and click and drag them into the main picture if you think you would find them in a settlement of that time. I liked the way you get to build a settlement. I liked the picture filled up and the way it turned out.

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This is the hazel tree. The walls of the houses the people built.

were made of hazel branches woven into ‘wattle and daub’.

Scroll down this LINK to learn more about ‘wattle and daub’.





Saints – St.Patrick

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It is St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March.

You can learn about St. Patrick HERE on the BBC Northern Ireland website.

You can see the same activity HERE in Irish. However the videos only work

in the UK and Northern Ireland.

A Simple Activity to learn about the Victorian kitchen

Click HERE to learn about the Victorian kitchen

and Click PART 2 at the top of the link to read

about how the Victorians cooked.

Both these activities are from © NGfL / GCaD Cymru

Review: Seán thought that this was very simple indeed and while you might learn some stuff and see how our kitchens are very different to Victorian kitchens, he said it wasn’t very exciting and we agree.

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A Quiz about Greystones – over 50 questions

  1. Where is Greystones?
  2. Is it by the sea or inland?
  3. Who were the first people to live near Greystones?
  4. Where did these Stone Age people live?
  5. How do people know that there were Stone Age people in Rathdown?
  6. What evidence did they find?
  7. Why did they settle in Rathdown?
  8. What kind of houses did they live in?
  9. Draw a picture.
  10. What did they eat?
  11. What did they hunt?
  12. What did they gather?
  13. Who helped them to hunt?
  14. What did they give the wild dogs in return?
  15. How did the wild dogs become tame?
  16. Why are Stone Age people called Stone Age people?
  17. Why did the Stone Age people start to farm?
  18. What animals did they keep?
  19. How did they stop the animals from escaping?
  20. What came after the Stone Age?
  21. What did the people use bronze for?
  22. Why was bronze better than stone?
  23. King Heremon built a ring fort at Rathdown.
  24. Rath is a word that means ring fort.
  25. What came after the Bronze Age?
  26. What did people use iron for?
  27. Why was iron better than bronze?
  28. Why did the Vikings come to visit Rathdown?
  29. Why did the Vikings come from the cold, cold lands to the North.
  30. How do we know there were Vikings living in Wicklow.
  31. What does Wicklow (Vyking Alo) mean in the Viking language?
  32. Windgates comes from a Viking word. Gata means r_ _ _ in Viking.
  33. There was a battle between the Irish and the Vikings at Delgany in 1021. Who won it?
  34. The O’Byrne’s and the O’Tooles were called the wild Wicklow tribes.
  35. What did they do to the castle at Rathdown?
  36. Dermot McMurrough was King of Leinster.
  37. He wanted to be king of all Ireland.
  38. Who did he invite to help him fight this battle?
  39. The chief Norman was called Strongbow.
  40. Why do you think he was called this?
  41. The Normans lived at the castle at Rathdown.
  42. They made it stronger.
  43. How did they do this?
  44. All this time who was living in Greystones?
  45. Why?
  46. Why was Greystones called The Grey Stones?
  47. Who gave Greystones its name?
  48. Greystones was a good fishing place, so who went to live there?
  49. ***Where did Frederick Burnaby live in Greystones?***(This is a trick question)
  50. Why is Frederick Burnaby famous?
  51. His wife was Elizabeth Whitshed. Why was she famous?
  52. What turned Greystones into the big town it is today?
  53. Do you like living in Greystones? Why?
  54. If you had a time machine when in history would you like to visit Greystones? Why?
  55. Will the Story of Greystones have a happy ending?
  56. What do you think Greystones is going to be like when you are a grown up?
  57. How can you make Greystones a better place?

How to build an Iron Age chariot

Click HERE to see how to build an Iron Age chariot

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Reviewed by Seán from Third Class: This was an interesting activity.

The story reminded me of what I learned about Egyptian burials,

There were a lot of steps and I found it a bit complicated.

I didn’t think it was as interesting as making fire and bread

in the other Iron Age activity from the BBC website HERE 

Iron Age – Interactive game on the BBC website

Click HERE to learn more about day to day life

in the Iron Age through this interactive game on BBC.

We played this game and we learned

how they made fire,

made bread

and spun wool in the Iron Age..

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Reviewed by Seán from 3rd Class. I enjoyed learning how to make fire and make bread like they did in the Iron Age. I preferred this activity to the one where you see how an Iron Age chariot is built. That activity is HERE

Hild and the Village Feast from the BBC website

If you Click HERE on this link and look

at the bottom left hand corner you can see

a game called Hild and the Village Feast.

We think you would enjoy it.

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Review by Seán from 3rd Class: I really liked this activity. You got to go round the village and collect things. You got to see what the village looked like back then.

A Simple Activity – The Iron Age Kitchen

Click HERE to learn about the Iron Age kitchen and Click HERE on Part 1 to read about how the Celts cooked. Both these activities are from © NGfL / GCaD Cymru

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Review by Seán: I visited this activity. I know a bit about the Iron Age already so I felt I didn’t learn anything new. The activity is very simple and not terribly fun.

Viking name generator – from the British Museum website

Why not try Viking Yourself – Viking Name Generator 

It’s FUN.

When Seán tried it his Viking name was Seán the Good. 

We think this describes our friend Seán perfectly.

Jack’s Viking name was Jack the Red. (His hair is brown!).

Leon’s was Leon of Ballor River and Nadine’s was Nadine Swordly.

Please supervise your children online.

Food Long Age – from the Stone Age to Post War

Click HERE for a Historical Cookbook

from the CookIt website.

For example you can see what the Vikings,

the Victorians and our GREAT grandparents liked to eat.

Click HERE and you can design a menu for a Viking

or a family during World War 2 who were living on rations.

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‘Viking Dig It Up Game’ – BBC

Viking Dig It Up Game

This  game shows how archaeologists work.

We like this game and would recommend it.

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Review: We enjoyed this game but find it gets a bit repetitive after a few plays.

We prefer BBC’s Viking Quest. Click HERE if you would like to go to Viking Quest.

Interactive activity – The Iron Age in Wales – from the BBC website

Watch this animation to see how a roundhouse in the Iron Age was built. Then click

on THIS LINK for an interactive website from the BBC on Iron Age Celts (in Wales)

to see if you can make one.

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Review by Leon: I enjoyed this activity. It was fun. But I thought the Druid’s Story was a bit weird. I am in third and I think it might be a scary activity for younger children (say second class) because there is a bog body and an animal sacrifice in it. It is important to remember that this activity is set in Wales not Ireland. There will be similarities but there are also differences. Though Roman graves were found in Bray, the Romans never invaded Ireland.

Viking Quest – an interactive game from BBC History

Click HERE to open up an interactive game

about the Vikings from BBC History.

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Review: This is our favourite online activity in History. We haven’t got tired of it yet. We think we learned a good deal by playing this about the Vikings themselves and about making decisions and their consequences. Keep playing this game and you will learn from your mistakes. Try for a high score. Then try for a really low score. We think you will have fun.

King Heremon builds a rath at Rathdown

In 1699BC, during the Bronze Age  King Heremon came

and built a rath at Rathdown.

That is how Rathdown, which is to the north of Greystones got its name.

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Imagine 1700 BC was the year the last species of mammoth

became extinct on Wrangel Island in the Artic Ocean!

People were living in Rathdown that long ago!

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Click HERE to learn a couple of extra facts about mammoths.

Links for Learning – The Vikings on

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Click HERE for a Viking Game on

Review: You have to pay to join usually, but this game seems to be free to start. Play it a couple of times and you will get better at it. You will learn some interesting facts about Vikings. We liked the graphics A LOT.

Learning about life in Viking Times – Game from BBC Scotland

Click HERE to play an interactive game

about day to day life in Viking times.

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Review: I played this game and I learned some interesting facts about Vikings.

The videos on the game don’t work and you can’t see the transcripts

because it is a BBC site and the videos would only work in the UK.

But the game was fun and I liked the humour and the graphics.

Written by Seán

The Work of the Archaeologist – ‘Hunt the Ancestor’ on the BBC website

Click HERE to learn about the work

the archaeologist does

by playing the ‘Hunt the Ancestor’ game

from the BBC website.

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Review: We are in third class. We think fourth, fifth or sixth might enjoy this activity. We found it hard.